Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Galloping Hooves

When experiencing fear, horses are living dramas.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Word of Calligraphy

Words are powerful bundles of energy. They can be weapons of destruction or tools of creation or the soothing balm of healing.

Sometimes, words just aren't enough to express the soul. 

When you feel your drawing you can be sure it will express your inner state.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When a Book Surfaces

When a book you're reading will surface in your mind above routine, that's when you'll know it's been worth writing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


The beautiful motorcycle - a work of art and balance. Each piece is a story itself from the name to the harmonious shapes and the personality during rides. These sketches date back from high school when I first discovered the charm of the two wheelers.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Runaway Characters

Characters can be so weird at times. They have a mind of their own and some can't stand being pushed around. They'll have it their way and that's final - they won't listen to anyone and they'll get into conflict with other characters and even with the narrator if they have to defend their style. It's surprising that some characters are so strong and determined in their way that they'll run away from the story so that not even the narrator can find them. I didn't know they could do that until one of my own did this. So, to avoid delays in writing a story because the hero ran away, I find it more convenient to just create the situation, let the characters in and enjoy the show from a safe distance. They make the story anyway, so why barge in like a control freak and spoil their party? This picture came to mind while I was reflecting on the runaway characters. I thought it would be fun to add a little color to my usual cartoons.

By the way, this painting is made with Tayasui Sketches.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Swiss - concept Art

This is Swiss, a giant Main Coon tomcat. He is not your ordinary lazy cat. Whom you see here is the guardian of the lost treasure in the valley. Spear duel is his second nature and he has a taste for adventure. No fight is too rough, no foe is too intimidating for him - he'll take on anything that challenges his proud ego. But above all, there is duty and ego or not, he has to keep that treasure safe. So no wandering about looking for a fight. I wonder how he'll take on the Hurricanes searching the valley - they're not on his side.

He is a loner, but the time will come for him to accept help in protecting the treasure. It's a tough blow to his self-esteem so he makes sure he gets things his way. This is how he greeted his aide:

... or so he brags.

Something about Owls

There's something about owls that stirs our imagination. From the way they look at you with those huge eyes to the fascinating silent wing beat. They can look cute. They can look majestic. They can strike fear into their viewers as well. As a character, I see the owl as a shape shifter - a complex creature and mysterious player that can influence both the good and the evil party in a story.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

"When the Hurricanes Came for Me"

In Owl City's song "How I Became the Sea", there is a lyric: "When the hurricanes came for me". This line inspired the illustration above. To me, the Hurricanes are slender war helies (helicopters) used in patrolling the valley and the nearby mountains for trespassers or runaways. Thanks to the engines under their wings they have more flexibility in maneuvers.